2016–17 Northern Football League

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Northern Football League
Season2016–17

The 2016–17 Northern League season is the 119th in the history of Northern Football League, a football competition in England.

Division One[edit]

ChampionsSouth Shields
PromotedSouth Shields
RelegatedChester-le-Street Town
Guisborough Town
West Allotment Celtic

Division One consisted of 22 clubs.

The following 3 clubs left Division One before the season -

The following 3 clubs joined Division One before the season -

Two teams – Bishop Auckland and South Shields – applied for promotion to step 4 for the 2017–18 season.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 South Shields (C, P) 42 34 6 2 127 35 +92 108 Promoted to NPL Division One North
2 Morpeth Town 42 32 5 5 136 56 +80 101
3 North Shields 42 32 5 5 107 39 +68 101
4 Shildon 42 29 7 6 112 52 +60 94
5 Marske United 42 22 6 14 103 75 +28 72
6 Whitley Bay 42 19 13 10 88 70 +18 70
7 Consett 42 19 8 15 105 81 +24 65
8 Bishop Auckland 42 18 10 14 88 67 +21 64
9 Newton Aycliffe 42 19 7 16 78 76 +2 64
10 Newcastle Benfield 42 16 10 16 101 71 +30 58
11 Sunderland RCA 42 16 9 17 85 79 +6 57
12 Penrith 42 17 6 19 67 89 −22 57
13 Jarrow Roofing BCA 42 14 12 16 83 90 −7 54
14 Seaham Red Star 42 15 6 21 78 81 −3 51
15 Dunston UTS 42 14 6 22 77 96 −19 48
16 Ashington 42 13 8 21 73 90 −17 47
17 Ryhope Colliery Welfare 42 11 10 21 82 129 −47 43
18 West Auckland Town 42 11 3 28 60 120 −60 36
19 Washington 42 10 5 27 67 111 −44 35
20 Guisborough Town 42 10 7 25 70 124 −54 34[a]
21 Chester-le-Street Town (R) 42 6 5 31 51 127 −76 23 Relegated to Division Two
22 West Allotment Celtic (R) 42 6 4 32 42 122 −80 22
Source: NFL division one table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [3]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ On 2 October Guisborough Town have been deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player.[2]

Promotion criteria[edit]

To be promoted at the end of the season a team must:[4]

  1. Have applied to be considered for promotion by 30 November 2016
  2. Pass a ground grading examination by 31 March 2017
  3. Finish the season in a position higher than that of any other team also achieving criteria 1 and 2
  4. Finish the season in one of the top three positions

The following two teams have achieved criterion one:[1]

South Shields Passed criteria 2 and have been promoted.

Division Two[edit]

ChampionsStockton Town
PromotedStockton Town
Team Northumbria
Billingham Synthonia

Division Two consisted of 22 clubs.

The following 5 clubs left Division Two before the season -

The following 5 clubs joined Division Two before the season -

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Stockton Town (C, P) 40 28 9 3 111 37 +74 93 Promoted to the Division One
2 Team Northumbria (P) 40 28 5 7 98 37 +61 89
3 Billingham Synthonia (P) 40 26 8 6 89 37 +52 86
4 Heaton Stannington 40 25 4 11 87 44 +43 79
5 Billingham Town 40 23 9 8 109 42 +67 78
6 Whickham 40 20 9 11 83 51 +32 69
7 Easington Colliery 40 20 9 11 84 61 +23 69
8 Blyth Town 40 20 8 12 96 56 +40 68
9 Northallerton Town 40 17 11 12 90 68 +22 62
10 Durham City 40 18 7 15 73 63 +10 61
11 Hebburn Town 40 18 7 15 57 59 −2 61
12 Bedlington Terriers 40 16 6 18 76 90 −14 54
13 Tow Law Town 40 15 8 17 68 66 +2 53
14 Brandon United 40 9 10 21 46 89 −43 37
15 Alnwick Town 40 10 6 24 72 113 −41 36
16 Thornaby 40 9 7 24 55 102 −47 34
17 Crook Town 40 10 4 26 60 115 −55 34
18 Willington 40 9 5 26 40 94 −54 32
19 Darlington Railway Athletic 40 9 4 27 61 126 −65 31
20 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 40 7 9 24 46 93 −47 30
21 Esh Winning 40 7 7 26 53 111 −58 28
22 Norton & Stockton Ancients[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from the league
Source: NFL division two table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [3]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Norton & Stockton Ancients withdrew from the league on 9 December, club record W=9 D=1 L=8 GF=38 GA=33 expunged.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Step 4 Applications". FA. 12 Dec 2016. Retrieved 15 Dec 2016.
  2. ^ "Points deduction". Guisborough Town F.C. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "The FA Handbook 2016-17 (page 545, section 13.2)". The FA. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Promotion criteria for Step 5 to Step 4 for 2016–17 season". FA. 26 Oct 2015.
  5. ^ "Northern Football League news". Northern Football League. 9 December 2016.

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